Burnstar is a challenging, fast paced action-puzzle game that puts both your brains and your finger-brains to the test! Use explosives to incinerate the worksites and installations of Evil Inc. Blaze your own trail, or play Co-op for some friendly fire!
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Positive (33 reviews) - 96% of the 33 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 18, 2015

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“Burnstar is one [of] the most addictive games I've ever played.”
9/10 – Walawala Games

“...an incredibly clever action-puzzle game”
Kotaku

“Burnstar will make you remember the good times of cooperative games, but using modern elements.”
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About This Game

Burn Stuff. Collect Stars.

Burnstar is a challenging, fast paced action-puzzle game that puts both your brains and your finger-brains to the test! Use explosives to incinerate the worksites and installations of Evil Inc., an appropriately named corporation intent on ruining the homeland of Burnstar and his friends! Blaze your own trail, or play Co-op for some friendly fire!

In each level of Burnstar, you must figure out how to use your limited number of explosives (bombs and rockets) to cause maximum property damage to Evil Inc. and collect enough precious stars to unlock the Big Star that completes the level. Sound simple? Just wait until you’re surrounded by fire, spinning saw-blades, crushing spikes, incinerators, lasers, and more!

Seriously, why does Evil Inc. even have things that exist solely to crush whatever’s in front of them? That’s evil.

Crates explode to set their neighbors on fire, and flammable goo helps keep the destruction going. Only the best armchair arsonists will have what it takes to burn everything, collect all the stars, and do it quickly enough to earn a Gold Flag. Gold Flags are the only way to unlock Secret Stages, so get burning!

Features and highlights


  • Place bombs to create ideal chain reactions
  • Master levels to access secret stages
  • Discover secrets and collect rare saplings to earn achievements
  • Power up Evil Inc. machinery to aid your destruction
  • Local Co-op supported in every level
  • Four characters, each with unique abilities
  • Three distinct worlds with unique art and environments
  • Challenging puzzle and twitch gameplay
  • Boss encounters with Evil Toxo
  • Throwback gameplay with modern graphics

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or XInput compatible controller
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Positive (33 reviews)
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EranKrief
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
great game
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lukizza
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Product received for free
nice one
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wildsaf
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Good game. Frustrating at times, but challenging and fun.
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DarkNetFan
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 29, 2015
Not particularly special, but I haven't seen any bugs or major problems with it. It's a decent puzzler to waste some time.
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tractorballs
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 20, 2015
Fun game, especially if you're looking for something in the style of Bomberman. The characters look and play like modernized Bomberman characters.
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RUSTIK
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 3, 2015
Overlooked little game with bomberman esque feel. Co-op is fun and the puzzels are not mindlessly easy. Great game to have in your library for a rainy day!
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Atomic_Punk
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: September 4, 2015
As a long time Bomberman fan, and lover of puzzle games alike, I absolutely loved this game! Especially with the new updated music. This is my favorite game on Steam right now. This is the perfect evolution for the Bomberman franchise and as far as I'm concerned, this game takes place in the same world of Bomberman, just in the distant future, and Burnstar is a decendent of Bomberman himself! (I'm a dreamer)

Good work Nerve Soft! You've garnered the respect of a starving community.

PLAY THIS GAME
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Axel "Chupacabra Wrangler" Foley
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: August 8, 2015
Geek Fuel was cool enough to include this code in one of their monthly boxes. It's a good game, it sets the pace very nice, throwing you in some pretty easy levels before you get into the really tough stuff. Not sure how necessary all the characters features were in this game. I see myself favoring one or two of the same characters at all times. Maybe there's a skill curve to the others that I just don't want to delve into.
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malcolmmackay224
( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: August 1, 2015
I got this game in a bundle and I almost didn't bother installing it, it wasn't one of the games that I bought the bundle for.

I'm glad I did install it because it turned out to be the best of all the games in the bundle. It's a great action/puzzle game with lots of variety. So far, after about 20 levels, the ramping up of the difficulty is about right. The puzzles are clever without being obscure.

Lots of levels so well worth the money even at full price.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2015
I normally don't like puzzle games, but I sat down with Burnstar and really got into it.

It does have a slight Bomber man thing going, but aside from placing bombs and being more or less gridlike it's very different than the classic game.

Your goal is to spread fire throughout a level as thoroughly as possible while using the least amount of the explosives that each level gives for your disposal. But fire spreads in a very distinct way. Big objects spread fire further and light smaller objects on fire. Smaller boxes have a harder time lighting bigger boxes but there are exceptions that you have to learn and be aware of. This isn't the exact best explanation but that's part of the "puzzle" so I'll let you figure the rest out.
But while you walk around the level you're trying to assess the best way to spread fires throughout because the number of tools you have to start fires are limited. As you get further into the game you're going to have to do the above without dying from various level hazards, and that's when I really think it pulled me in. Light all this stuff on fire in the most controllled and fast way possible, but also don't die. (There's a really quick level restart button so failure feels like failure, but you're back in it before you've really gotten down on yourself.)

Other stuff....There are four characters to choose from and each one has a unique ability, but honestly I just end up playing Burnstar because well...he's really fast and I like to go fast even if it means I die a lot.

Oh, there's actually a surprising amount of content here. The whole game has the like...I just bought an old N64 game feel where there's actually a ton of content shipped with the game..I guess what I'm trying to say is it feels complete. I've put quite a few hours in and I haven't even beat it yet. You have to work your way through all these worlds Mario style and I can't really remember how many more I have to go.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2015
Bomberman meets puzzler, with a good difficulty balance in terms of easy to beat a level, but hard to 100% it. Controls are solid and the gameplay makes you really think about using your arsenal to the best of your abilities, in attempting to maximize the damage/coverage of the area and stars for you to get. The co-op is just a rehash of the single player however, so keep that in mind if you're looking for a different experience out of it. The problem will be the number of levels, while you have 60 levels and they all feel relatively compact and unique, and some replayability to 100% sections, that may not be enough for people at a 9-10 price tag.

It's for puzzle fans and completionist fans, but others may want to wait for a sale.

For more first impressions and Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLYLaA0-BQY
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2015
a fun bomber-man style puzzle game, with good visuals and music and a decent amount of challenge and replayablity.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2015
Indie in Review: Burnstar

Check out the video review at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0UohF4fjLU

One of my favorite things to do in a video game is blowing stuff up, and I’m sure there are a lot of you who feel the same way. Bomberman used to be a good option to scratch that particular itch, but after more than 40 entries in the franchise, they became rather stale. Enter Burnstar, an attempt to fuse the classic Bomberman gameplay with the elements of a puzzle game. And luckily for all of us pyromaniacs, this mix works surprisingly well.

As I mentioned before, Burnstar is heavily inspired by the Bomberman franchise. So much in fact, that you immediately become familiar with the controls: You run around while placing bombs that create new routes through the level. There is one main difference: the goal of each level is not to blow up your enemy, but to blow up the level itself. Each mission has two progress bars. You fill the first with blowing up crates, and the second with collecting stars that are dropped by the objects you blow up.

The most important aspect of Burnstar is strategically placing those bombs. You see, there is a certain hierarchy behind the crates. Three different sizes of crates, red, orange and yellow respectively, are scattered around the level. If a crate is set on fire, it blows up and burns smaller crates around them. This doesn’t work in reverse: a red crate can burn the orange and yellow ones, but yellow crates can’t set the red and orange ones on fire. This is an essential part of Burnstar, and mastering this mechanic is the key to completing the game.

The percentage of burned crates isn’t the only victory requirement. You also have to collect a certain number of stars, that are hidden behind purple goo or underneath the level. Blow these up via the bombs or crates and the stars will appear. If you’ve played Bomberman before, you’re probably thinking that this all sounds pretty easy. Well, it isn’t. In Burnstar, you only get a certain amount of bombs. Make one mistake and you have to restart the level. Add that to the many times you’ll die because of an exploded crate or an enemy that appears out of nowhere, and you have the recipe for a challenging puzzler.

Most of the difficulty won’t come from merely completing the levels. Completing Burnstar is no cakewalk, but finishing the 60 levels is definitely doable and will only take you a couple of hours. The meat of the game is perfecting every stage by blowing everything up and doing so in time. This requires a certain amount of trial & error, a mechanic that will appeal to some people but one that I’m not particularly fond of. What I like more are the various secrets you can collect. Based on the location you have to choose the right character, each with its own unique ability like dashing and teleporting, and then figure out how you have to reach the collectable in the first place. It’s basically a puzzle within a puzzle.

As you can probably tell from this review, I like Burnstar a lot. It takes the best parts of Bomberman and puzzle games and combines them into one great whole. Even though perfecting the game isn’t for me, I had a lot of fun figuring out the puzzles and of course blowing stuff up. Whether you’re looking for a new puzzle game or a solid Bomberman alternative, you can’t go wrong with Burnstar.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2015
I tend more toward puzzling than action games, and I think Burnstar has enough of both to keep a player on either side happy. Pacing and the rate at which new elements were introduced was great, I never really felt stuck anywhere for more than a few tries. That said, I have not tried to gold medal everything as I go, just getting stars and burn %. As puzzle oriented as I am, I think there is good potential for doing speed runs, and they are interesting to me because the time-delayed nature of the burning mechanic means it will take planning beyond shortest-route stuff.

Definitely recommend it.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2015
So you take bomberman and make it a puzzle game? I'm in!

The first game i purchased for my N64 was Bomberman...Don't judge me I was a child!

Burnstars similar concepts is what drew me in. Plus, I'm a fan of a well made puzzle game which this is.

You play as one of 4 characters as you try to out smart the map and strategically place bombs to try and collect all the stars.

Thats Burnstar in a nutshell.

The music is great, it plays well and the actual puzzle mechanics are fun and challenging.

If you like the idea of setting things on fire with bombs while solving interesting and unique puzzles then you should check out Burnstar! Especially now while it $1 off! =D

If you want to see a little more gameplay heres a link to my first hour with Burnstar!
It may still be loading =/

https://youtu.be/PB6okM3KBdo

You can find more first looks, reviews and my podcast at www.earlyaccesspodcast.com all about Early Access and Indie titles.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2015
As a long time Bomberman fan, and lover of puzzle games alike, I absolutely loved this game! Especially with the new updated music. This is my favorite game on Steam right now. This is the perfect evolution for the Bomberman franchise and as far as I'm concerned, this game takes place in the same world of Bomberman, just in the distant future, and Burnstar is a decendent of Bomberman himself! (I'm a dreamer)

Good work Nerve Soft! You've garnered the respect of a starving community.

PLAY THIS GAME
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2015
The puzzles are challenging. The level progresses. It's like going from easy mode to hard mode. Four playable characters each with different abilities. Music is great. Visuals are nice. Very fun game to play indeed.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2015
Here's my review for Burnstar!
Release Date: 03/18/2015
Developer: Nerve Software Available on Steam for PC for a limited time for 10% off! Sale price of 8.99 (9.99 regularly) (And worth every cent!)
Purchase link : http://store.steampowered.com/app/318480

Author's statement:
Don't worry it won't be super long, but it will be detailed enough to give whomever decides to read this to the fullest a basic to good grasp of the game in general. (Otherwise feel free to get popcorn and a drink this review isn't going anywhere for some time. It'll be here when you come back, I promise, unless you close it or something happens to cause this close.)

Prologue:
The game is fantastically fun, addictive and challenging (sometimes even outright merciless), but in such a way you don't want to throw your controller or keyboard (the controller is recommended by the fine developers at Nerve Software) through the window or monitor, but instead take a breather and go "I know I can figure this out, it's got to have some sort of pattern to it. I'm just over thinking it."
Some (myself included) just thought of this as a Bomberman clone, but after playing it. I will gladly take that back and say if it is a clone it is a definite thinking man's Bomberman. But really it's so much more than a clone, it has it's own flavor of a puzzle-action game that just so happens to have 4 way explosion bombs in it. Because once you get past that, the similarities stop to a degree.
Because the premise of the game is blow all the stuff up, burn all the things, and collect all the shinies!

The storyline:
An evil corporation (literally named Evil. Inc) has came to Burnstar's home, Fairway Island, and has laid waste to it with goo and boxes of goo everywhere! (Cue dramatic music here.) Enter Burnstar (and company) to save their island!

The Characters:
Burnstar: The main protagonist and namesake of the game who can run short bursts at an accelerated rate.
Ember: His adoptive sister who has a shield that both blocks her from damage and drags stars toward her in a short radius, however leaves her stationary.
Coldsnap: A scientist who worked for Evil. Inc trying to develop a way to freeze the goo away and somehow stabbed herself with the syringe thus giving her Ice Man abilities! Okay that is a bit of a stretch, but does give her the ability to throw Sub-Zero freeze balls at obstacles and freeze them and as long as you're in a safe area (because you'll be stationary) control them! So take THAT Sub-Zero! (Please don't kill me, I'm only a writer.)
And
Toxo: A clone of someone who wants to kill Burnstar (that's gotta be a bit of an awkward situation). Who has the ability to reproduce more clones, albeit a clone of a clone is bound to have some issues somewhere down the line so you get a purple blob clone who can attract baddies and be a very temporary shield or a button pusher for you on top of being an instant teleport back across a large map, but is stuck swaying back and forth in a single spot waiting for something to happen.
Each have their advantages and disadvantages in each map, but the maps are designed in such a fashion that sure it may be easier for let's say, Coldsnap, to do a map. Burnstar would be able to do the same map as well with really not much more effort. And it gives the game an extra little boost so you're not just stuck with one option through out the game. To me, it makes the game a bit more replayable as well, because the way you solve the map for each character can change slightly or down right all together.

Gameplay:
As I stated before the premise of the game is to; blow all the stuff up (make sure none of the boxes are left standing because they contain the goo and the goo is bad, mmm'kay?), burn all the things (burn all the boxes of goo and the goo on the ground because, remember the goo is bad, mmm'kay?), and collect all the shinies (as you blow up all the stuff, and burn all the things, stars will appear and you're to collect all the stars). As you start out it is like you are learning to ride the bike and Nerve is holding the bike steady for you as you learn how to play (ride). But by level 4 they've now put training wheels on your Burnstar bike, they're just standing by watching you and all is right in the world of Burnstar, as you gleefully pedal faster and faster. By the time the midway point of the first tier, Nerve has slipped away while you ride your cute little tasseled Burnstar bike with the training wheels off, but they've never stop watching you. Because as they introduce new mechanics into the game you truly feel as if they're trying to help you understand it better and get used to it first before really pushing you to hard.
(Now this analogy flies out the window if you can find the hidden levels. Because, the hidden levels they've not only ripped your training wheels off they've now put you in a skate park and told you to master riding your Burnstar bike, oh and just for giggles in the hidden level skate park they've thrown lava in random areas, spikes, you know the "fun" stuff for them to laugh manically about, while you try and maintain your balance.)
As I briefly touched on, Blow up all the stuff means blow up all the boxes. Boxes range in color from Yellow (they catch fire but do not explode), Orange (they catch fire and after a short duration explode in a four way explosion much like your bombs), and Red (they act just like the orange boxes but instead of exploding in a small 4 way explosion, they explode in a large 4 way explosion.) I won't tell you all the details of how to make stuff explode, as it is better to play around and figure the puzzles out for yourself. I will say this however, you only get a certain amount of bombs per level and there are more than one way to catch things on fire and blow stuff up. Next would be burn all the things, the goo and boxes. Goo is scattered throughout the levels and catches fire by being touched be something on fire or explosions, and (hint) causes chain-reactions sometimes. And finally, collect all the shinies, collect all the stars that appear after stuff burns and explodes. And that's pretty much it.

Overall:
I highly recommend this game and it is a definitely worth the 10 dollar price tag.
Have fun feeding your pyromaniac dreams everyone!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
Overlooked little game with bomberman esque feel. Co-op is fun and the puzzels are not mindlessly easy. Great game to have in your library for a rainy day!
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